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Promoter of failed Fyre Festival gets 6 years in prison

Oct. 11, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has given the creator of the highly publicized, failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas a six-year prison term. Billy McFarland was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Manhattan. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald called him a "serial fraudster." He admitted defrauding investors of...

Prosecutors want botched music fest promoter to get prison

Oct. 3, 2018 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors urged a judge Wednesday to sentence the promoter of a botched, highly publicized music festival in the Bahamas to over 15 years in prison. In a written filing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said Billy McFarland was "far more interested in the fame and notoriety...

Darren Criss readies festival celebrating musical theater

Oct. 3, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Darren Criss says adding "Emmy winner" to his name feels good since it "used to be Emmy loser." Criss won best actor in a limited series for his acclaimed role in "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" last month. He was previously nominated for best original song for...

Garden provides place to mourn Las Vegas shooting victims

Sep. 29, 2018 11:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An image of Angelica Cervantes' son donning a black-and-yellow security guard T-shirt is one of dozens of smiling photos tacked to walls in a Las Vegas garden decorated with ribbons, cowboy boots, horseshoes and rubber bracelets. Cervantes visits every other week to gaze at the photo that...

Lawyer: Mental illness led to Fyre Festival promoter's crime

Sep. 24, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer says mental illness caused the promoter of a failed music festival to rip off investors and commit other crimes. Attorney Randall Jackson urged a Manhattan judge Friday to be lenient at Billy McFarland's October sentencing. McFarland pleaded guilty earlier this year to defrauding...

Israeli music scene jolted by international boycott movement

Sep. 10, 2018 3:08 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Meteor Festival was meant to bring together indie groups from around the world in what organizers billed as a Woodstock-like "cutting edge musical journey that surpasses borders and distorts time and space." Instead, some 20 acts, including headliner Lana Del Rey, withdrew at the...

Lana Del Rey nixes Israel concert after Palestinian pressure

Sep. 1, 2018 8:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Singer Lana Del Rey has canceled her planned performance at an Israeli music festival after pressure from Palestinian boycott activists. In a Twitter message late Friday, Del Rey says she is delaying "until a time when I can schedule visits for both my Israeli and Palestinian fans." It...

Officials cite optimism in growing Worcester art scene

Aug. 27, 2018 1:25 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Worcester's cultural and artistic history involves many stories of openings and closings, restorations, revivals, re-closings, re-openings, reinventions and remakings. Opportunities for performers and artists have been both there for the taking and taken away. The rise and opening...

Actor says he feared speaking out about Argento assault

Aug. 22, 2018 6:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A young actor who alleged in legal documents that Italian actress and filmmaker Asia Argento sexually assaulted him when he was 17 said Wednesday that his trauma resurfaced when Argento came out as a victim of sexual assault herself last year. "I did not initially speak out about my...

The Latest: Actor says he feared speaking out about assault

Aug. 22, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a legal settlement between actress Asia Argento and an actor who says she sexually assaulted him when he was 17 (all times local): 2 p.m. A young actor who alleged in legal documents that actress Asia Argento sexually assaulted him when he was 17 says his trauma resurfaced...